103 – David Lopez – Valhalla (SD): NATIONAL CHAMPION (2nd, 3rd State)
112 – Jose Leon – Santa Ana (S): NATIONAL CHAMPION (3rd, 7th State)
112 – Randy Katz – Mission San Jose (NC): 7th Place (4th, 8th State)
119 – Ben Martinez – Tulare Union (C): 7th Place (2x State Champion)
125 – Steven Trevino – Santa Fe (S): 7th Place (State Champion)
125 – Kurt Lorenz – Oak Grove-(CC): 8th Place (3rd, 7th State)
135 – Jimmy Medeiros – American (NC): 3rd Place (State Champ, 2nd State)
135 – Steve Vieira – Hughson (SJ): 4th Place (State Champion)
140 – Max Odom – Foothill (C): NATIONAL CHAMPION (2x State Champion)
140 – Brian Cobb – Bellarmine Prep- (CC): 5th Place (2nd, 3rd State)
145 – Steve Martinez – Schurr (S): 3rd Place (2nd State)
189 – Joshua Naus – Centennial (C): 2nd Place (State Champion, 4th State)
215 – Zeb Beatty – Lower Lake (NC): 6th Place (Nevada State Champ, 2nd CA State)
275 – Ben Fox – Buchanan (C): 2nd Place (2nd, 5th State)
Team result: NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Coach James Kisgen’s quest to find the right wrestler to fill the 157-pound weight class for the Bearcats is finally over with the addition of California state finalist – Ruben Garcia of Selma High.
Garcia, a senior and team captain for the Bears, was triumphant in winning eight tournament titles during the 2015-2016 season and finishing with a 49-1 record. His lone loss to a California wrestler was in the finals of the state tournament to the University of Wisconsin signee, Zander Wick of San Marino.
Garcia’s illustrious career included placing three times in the state tournament (6th, 6th, and 2nd), and winning the always-tough Central Section Masters tournament twice. Garcia was coached by Sam Lopez, Joey Arellano, Alex Cisneros and Andy Munoz; he will graduate this year with a 3.5 GPA and will be studying Business Administration.
Other wrestling programs interested in recruiting him included Nebraska-Kearney (Neb.), Clackamas College (Or.), Menlo College (Ca.), Cal Baptist (CA.), and Midland University in Nebraska.
TCW CALIFORNIA ALL-STATE – HONORABLE MENTION
CA State Champion/2x State Medalist (4, 1) ’99 – ‘00
NHSCA SR National All-American
Wrestling USA Magazine All-American
Amateur Wrestling News All-American
Dave Schultz Champion of Champions Award
TCW CALIFORNIA ALL-STATE – THIRD TEAM
2x CA State Champion ’89 – ‘90
Junior National All-American – GR
Cadet National All-American – GR
NHSCA SR National Champion
Wrestling USA Magazine All-American – DREAM TEAM
Amateur Wrestling News All-American
By Pablo Di Maria
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The state of California showed its superiority at Veteran Nationals as they won 20 individual titles in Freestyle and Greco-Roman competition over the weekend. All place winners from the tournament are eligible to compete at the Veterans World Championships this summer. The Veterans Greco-Roman Championships will be held in Seinajoki, Finland, Sept. 23-25 and the Veterans Freestyle Worlds in Walbrzych, Poland, October 7-9.
Five Grapplers from the Golden State were triumphant in winning double titles, Cal Baptist Assistant Coach Andrew Nicola (69KG), NCAA Division I National Qualifier for UC Davis, David Yi (63KG), former San Francisco State wrestler Ernie Vasheresse (85KG), 1982 California state qualifier, Billy Newton (130KG) and Bakersfield College wrestling Coach Brett Clark (130KG).
Other wrestlers who won individual titles from the state of California were the following athletes
NAIA All-American for Dakota Wesleyan’s, Richard Rios (63KG) and multiple-time Division I All-American, Jason Welch (76KG).
Former CS Bakersfield wrestler, Jason Lowe (69KG), Montana State-Northern All-American and current youth wrestling coach for national powerhouse, Apple Valley High in Minnesota, Rudy James (76KG), and NCAA Division I National Qualifier for CS Bakersfield, Brian Cobb (85KG).
J.W. North High Coach, Aaron Hayes (130KG).
Former Clark Intermediate and Clovis High Coach Nara Sihavong (58KG).
Lawrence Biggs (130KG)
Former Buena Vista College athlete, Kevin Chilton (97KG).
CS Bakersfield alumni, Matthew Corona (85KG).
Divisions for Veteran Nationals
Div. A: Born during the years of 1984 and 1991
Div. B: Born during the years of 1976 and 1983
Div. C: Born during the years of 1968 and 1975
Div. D: Born during the years of 1961 and 1967
Div. E: Born 1960 and before.
50 kg/ 110.25 lbs – Randon Miranda (NMU-OTS/Quartz Hill HS, S): NATIONAL CHAMPION
60 kg/ 132.25 lbs – 6th Place – Donovin Guerrero (CYC/De La Salle HS, NC): 6th Place
60 kg/132/25 lbs – Nate Cervantez (CYC/De La Salle HS, NC): 7th Place
63 kg/ 138.75 lbs – Anthony Wesley (Iowa St./Jesuit HS, SJ): 3rd Place
66 kg/145 lbs – Peyton Omania (CYC/De La Salle HS, NC): 5th Place
70 kg/154.25 lbs – Jordan Jimenez (Heritage HS, NC): 5th Place
70 kg/154/25 lbs – Andrew Cervantez (CYC/De La Salle HS, NC): 6th Place
74 kg/163 lbs – Ryan Cummings (West Hills College/Leigh HS, CC): 8th Place
79 kg/174 lbs – Christian Smith (CBU Wrestling Academy/RIM HS, S): 3rd Place
79 kg/174 lbs – Billy Bigelow (CBU Wrestling Academy/Faith Lutheran HS, NV): 5th Place
96 kg/211 lbs – Anthony Smith (Rim of the World HS, S): 8th Place
70 kg/154 lbs – Evan Wick (TMWC/San Marino HS, S): 2nd Place
74 kg/163 lbs – Anthony Valencia (Arizona St./St. John Bosco HS, S): 4th Place
79 kg/174 lbs – Christian Smith (CBU Wrestling Academy/RIM HS, S): 8th Place
84 kg/185 lbs – Zahid Valencia (Arizona St./St. John Bosco HS, S): NATIONAL CHAMPION
84 kg/185 lbs – Josh Hokit (Clovis HS, C): 4th Place
84 kg/185 lbs – Nick Fiegener (CBU Wrestling Academy/Folsom HS, SJ): 8th Place